St. Petersburg's Mikhailovsky Ballet in the U.S.

DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK

GISELLE, OU LES WILIS

November 11 – 13

The ballet has been staged in St.Petersburg since 1842. At the beginning of the 20th century during the ground-breaking Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons, the French saw their national ballet, faithfully nurtured in Russia.

The Mikhailovsky Theatre’s the 2008 production of Giselle by Nikita Dolgushin, a specialist in historical works, managed to amaze both the public and the critics. Dolgushin, a noble Albrecht in his time as a dancer, inspired the creation of the ballet and delicately united dance and mime. He revealed the essence of the romantic ballet, the story of Giselle is told in the language of ballet classicism.

THE FLAMES OF PARIS

November 14 – 16

The historical fresco depicting the events of the French Revolution has returned to the stage, fanning the audience with the flames of the struggle for freedom and personal dignity. Vasily Vainonen’s choreography, hailed as the most outstanding achievement of Soviet ballet, has been recreated by Mikhail Messerer.

TRIPLE BILL

November 18 and 19, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

CLASS CONCERT

Productions based on ballet class exercises have enjoyed popularity since the 19th century. In 1960,  Russian ballet master and choreographer Asaf Messerer created his Class Concert. Mikhail Messerer has restaged his uncle's ballet, and now the audience has the opportunity to observe the dancers' daily studio work progressing from simple first steps to the height of virtuosity.

THE LADY AND THE HOOLIGAN

The Young Lady and the Hooligan to the extraordinary music of Dmitry Shostakovich is an example of a Soviet ballet. It was alternately banned and praised by Soviet leaders. An American stage will witness the rebirth of a ballet whose original première took place at the Mikhailovsky Theatre over 50 years ago.

PRELUDE

Nacho Duato has described the performance as “the beauty of ballet without inhibition or pointe shoes.” Prelude is a unique production created for the Mikhailovsky, and reflects the choreographer’s new experiences in Russia.

DON QUIXOTE

November 20 - 23

Don Quixote is a renowned ballet in the Russian repertoire. It portrays a fantasy of an everlastingly sunny Spain. One of the most lively and joyful ballets in existence, it is not an adaptation of Cervantes’ famous novel, but an independent choreographic work by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, based on the novel’s themes. The ballet is staged to the music of Ludwig Minkus, and tells the tale of a decrepit old nobleman’s unsuccessful attempt to woo a young maiden and his inability to compete in love with his younger rival, an inventive and relentless poor barber. In 2012, the Mikhailovsky production was given a facelift by Ballet Master in Chief Mikhail Messerer.

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SEGERSTROM HALL, Costa Mesa, California

THE FLAMES OF PARIS

November 28 - 30

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